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I'm looking for a word to fill in the blank.

Symptoms are inauspicious ______ that might be caused by the induced sensations. But they can also be a sign of a latent or a manifest disease.

Would occurrences or events be considered appropriate?

The following words are not to be used:

  • manifestation
  • indication
  • indicator
  • sign
  • mark
  • feature
  • trait;
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    Nothing here makes sense. What is an induced sensation that could cause a symptom? – Jason Bassford Supports Monica Jul 6 at 2:26
  • That would take too long to describe. Let's imagine that a certain practice or agent induces certain sensations in the body, for example meditation or drugs. These induced sensations are different from the symptoms one might experience. – johann_ka Jul 6 at 2:33
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    Well, given that the sentence itself doesn't make any sense to me, I'm unable to comment on what particular additional word should be added to it. And I don't follow your comment either. Surely, induced or not, sensations are still things that are experienced. Otherwise they wouldn't be called sensations. Nor do I see how a sensation (of any kind) could cause something. Sensations are themselves symptoms . . . – Jason Bassford Supports Monica Jul 6 at 2:56
  • @JasonBassford - great comment but I would not in every case equate sensations with symptoms. E.g. people who take a brew called 'ayahuasca' report certain sensations, e.g. something unfathomable crawling through their body. But they also experience nausea or cramps, which could be classified as symptoms. – johann_ka Jul 6 at 3:09
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    I agree with the other comments, the other words used in the passage are quite fuzzy. You should provide the context - where this text comes from and what it is about. I would guess that it is about some alternative medicine practice where the words "symptom", "sensation" and others may have meanings somewhat different than usual. I tried to answer the question without context, but it is just guess. – laugh Jul 6 at 9:31
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A word that can be used to fill in the blank is "responses".

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